July 17, 2013

:happiness can be found in this one thing:

the wind blew gently through her hair. the hair that hasn't been brushed yet but still looks perfect. i notice that one curl on the side. it holds tight when the others fall lazily into waves, golden brown. she sat across from me, knees pulled to her chest. i remember sitting like that as a girl. now three babies down and thirty years passed and there is no comfort in the awkward contortions of childhood. 

she's upset. 
she's pouting.

i speak gently, you're missing it, coop. we call her coop. short for her middle name cooper. she looks over and her eyes big and a perfect shade of sea green in the morning light. every day she asks, what color are my eyes today, mama? she has hazel eyes. the kind that change depending on what she's wearing and maybe how she's feeling, who can say.

i continue to point out a few of the things that are going on while she's focusing on that thing. the thing that took her to a place of discontentment. as the words roll off my tongue i feel a stirring in my own heart. a mirror of sorts. 

it reaches to the young and old, alike. 

thankfulness fills the void of discontentment. she is learning this lesson slowly, just like her mama. quietly she stares off and i wonder what she's thinking. i start to go inside and she asks me to stay a little longer, so i do. there are no words between us but we both know peace in the presence of those who love us in the midst of the ugly. 

"man's happiness really lies in contentment"



  1. Oh, contentment. It's something I am daily (hourly?) having to be reminded of. I love this: "thankfulness fills the void of discontentment" - so much.
    Thank you for sharing.

  2. contentment is such a lifelong journey. i'll think i mastered it, and then i wake up the next morning. LOL. God is kind to give us grace in our discontent and to bring us out of it, little by little.

  3. Such stunning and true words these are. Loved being wrapped up in your pretty words!


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